Health Benefits of Ginger
Eat Ginger For Your Heart [not Aspirin!]
Inflammation is the cause of many illnesses and pain, ginger is anti-inflammatory, and especially good when combined with cucrcmin and black pepper. Always take it with a little oil, I use coconut, to help absorption.
The flavonoids in ginger are particularly good for your heart. Studies have shown that they decrease the risk of heart disease. It acts as a blood thinner, preventing clots from forming that could cause strokes and heart attacks. This is much safer than using aspirin, which can cause ulcers and stomach bleeding.
Ginger is a natural anti-nausea treatment. It can be taken as a tea, essential oil drops, or a vaporiser, as a juice, used in cooking, sprinkled on food, or as a pill. Apart from working when you are ill, it is great for motion sickness and pregnancy.
I wish I had known about ginger stopping nausea when I was pregnant, I was so sick, and so many times, for the whole 9 months!
The Journal of Microbiology and Antimicrobials published a study in 2011 showed that ginger worked better than most antibiotics against Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes
In India Ayurvedic medicine has used ginger to boost immune function for thousands of years.
It also cleanses the lymph system and helps remove toxins from the body.
Constipation can be relieved by ginger, as it relaxes the smooth muscles in the gut.
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